T. Rafael Cimino (born Todd Rafael Cimino, June 4th, 1963 Wayne, NJ, USA) is an American novelist and screenwriter. He grew up in Key Largo, Florida in the Florida Keys, attending the Island Christian School in Islamorada, Florida where he graduated in 1981. He then attended the University of Florida and the Florida Atlantic University where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Naval Architecture. While in South Florida, Cimino was heavily involved in water sports, including offshore powerboat racing. In 1982, Cimino became the youngest competitor to win the coveted APBA (American Powerboat Association) Offshore U. S. National Championship. He later won numerous National and World Championships.
Cimino is the son of Peter Cimino and the nephew of American film writer/ director Michael Cimino. He has one daughter, Stephanie Cimino, born in 1987. In April 2010 he married long time girlfriend, Bulgarian prima ballerina, Svetlina Kiryakova.
With his experience in ocean powerboat racing, Cimino was hired as the Marine Director for the 1983 feature motion picture Spring Break which was filmed on location in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He went on to join television producer/ director John Nicolella and the production team as a marine director for the 1984 television series Miami Vice where he was given the opportunity to write as an adjunct contributor.
Cimino’s career in film continued with his contributions to the feature projects, Lost In Translation, A Love Song For Bobby Long, and The Other Boleyn Girl where he developed a script style and character arcs for “A list” actress Scarlett Johansson.
In 2006 Cimino was given the opportunity to contribute to the television series Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip which was created by Arron Sorkin. Cimino continued until the series was cancelled by NBC in May of 2007.
In 2009 Cimino signed a five year agreement with Akula Films to produce his novel Table 21 as a feature motion picture. Cimino is also affiliated with Miramax Films, Nu Image/ Millennium Films and the Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 2009 Cimino published Mid Ocean, his first novel, to critical acclaim. The New York Times described Mid Ocean as “Miami Vice meets Goodfellas” referencing Cimino’s earlier work and the iconic Martin Scorsese mob ensemble thriller. He has also penned Table 21.
Table 21by T. Rafael Cimino
It’s New York City, December 1999. As one Millennium ends and another begins, an erratic chain of events unfolds that could change the face of the Italian Mafia forever. In the turmoil, a vacuum is created when one family falls, creating an unprecedented void of
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Every Restaurant Has An Owner's Table... This One Runs The City.
It’s New York City, December 1999. As one Millennium ends and another begins, an erratic chain of events unfolds that could change the face of the Italian Mafia forever. In the turmoil, a vacuum is created when one family falls, creating an unprecedented void of power and a subsequent struggle for control of the underworld.
Roman Sabarese is the owner of Evangeline’s, the hottest restaurant in Tribeca. He’s also close with an A – list television star who adores him. After a tawdry cover story in a popular celebrity tabloid, a spotlight illuminates the fact that Roman is the son of an indicted Mob kingpin, and therefore, heir presumptive to his father’s vast criminal enterprise that commands the Tri-State area.
Zoë Greene is young, attractive and enjoying rave reviews in her role on "The Prosecutor," a prime time network television series. While on hiatus from her show for the New Year holiday, she visits the restaurant where she worked her way though college. After a quick dinner with her friend Roman, and among the frantic holiday crowd, she disappears.
Captain Stan Fitzgerald is the decorated head of the NYPD’s First Precinct in Lower Manhattan. His hands are full with the upcoming New Year celebration, a personal battle with renal cancer and the rigors of police life. When an old friend appears in his office to ask for help in locating the missing starlet, he is more then reluctant.
As the clock ticks and precious time runs out, the city is turned upside down in a desperate attempt to find that which is lost and answer questions that have been a mystery for over a generation. In the end, secrets will be revealed, alliances will be forged, and friendships will be betrayed. Table 21 will have you guessing to the last page, who will live to see the new millennium and who will not.
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I was given a copy of Table 21 for an advanced review. I'm glad I took the time to read it. This is one of those stories that has all the makings of a great film. And it should. T. Rafael Cimino is probably one of the late great, and best kept secrets in Hollywood having contributed to the films Lost in Translation, A love song for Bobby Long, and The Other Boleyn Girl. "Table 21" revolves around a restaurant owner and the unique set of problems that arise when his father, a reputed crime boss, is indicted and sent to prison. To make matter worse, his close friend, an A-list actress has gone missing. All of this occurs in the wake of a scandalous article appears in an "Enquirer" styled tabloid. This is storytelling at its finest. My hat's off to the author, and I'll eat that hat if "Table 21" doesn't make it to the silver screen in the next year or two.
This is an excellent book about the life of Roman Sabarese, a high level mobster in New York State. This book, of course, is the basis for the upcoming Miramax movie Table 21. The book is extremely interesting because of the picture it shows us of organized crime "where the rubber hits the road." The most astounding thing I took away from the book is that Sabarese and his confederates didn't really benefit all that much from their ill-gotten gains. Instead, they invested in restaurants, projects in Dubai, etc. Most of us are unaware that organized crime is such a large presence in society, costing all of us immense amounts of money. This book drives that point home and it is a shocking revelation. I give the book five stars, mainly for its content and insight. I found the writing to be much better than average, and the subject matter is outstanding, so five stars. That ain't bad.
The outsider's nonchalance of mob chief Roman Sabarese and T. Rafael Cimino's highly restrained hand in helping him relate his story has resulted in a book that shuns any sense of melodrama and emotional attachment. Instead, we get a highly intelligent, insightful, and gripping look at Mafia life, stuffed with fascinating details. As befits his previous Novel, Mid Ocean, Cimino stays at a distance with elements of suspense, poetry, sensuality, visual irony, and energy. In this book, it's all cerebral. The author's magnetic personality and storytelling talents make this book an addictive read.
As a member of the publisher's focus group, I had the privilege to read an advance draft of this book and I couldn't put it down for a minute. It made a long flight feel like a trip across town. The story line goes smooth, yet compelling, keeping you guessing what will happen untill the very last page. If you like an entertaining story with a variety of possible endings, this book will do it for you. And still you will be surprised at the end. I can't express enough what a great read "Table 21" was. The author kept his unique story telling from his previous work "Mid Ocean", but I think he did it even better with this one!